Smallbatch Pets is recalling some of their dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. They are recalling one lot, or eighty cases, of frozen dog duckbatch sliders.
The recalled product is sold frozen in 3 pound bags. The product has lot number CO27, best by date of 01/27/17, and UPC number 713757339001. The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The products were sold in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state through pet food retailers and distributors between 2/23/16 and 3/10/16.
FDA testing of the product collected at a distributor revealed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package so other animals can’t eat it, or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then clean out your freezer and/or refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria can survive freezing and can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Wash your hands throughly after handling this product and after cleaning your refrigerator and freezer.
If you fed this product to your pets, watch them for symptoms of Salmonella or Listeria food poisoning. Salmonella can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Listeria can cause lethargic and cause bloody diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.
Some pets can be infected but will not become sick, and can become carriers. People who come into contact with these animals can then become ill. If your pet has eaten this product and has been sick, take her to the veterinarian.
If you develop any of these symptoms after handling this product or touching your pet, see your doctor. And remember that the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning, which mimic the flu, can take up to 70 days to appear in people. Pregnant women need to be especially careful of this illness, since listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, and infection in the newborn baby, even though the woman’s illness is mild.